Emma's River

Emma's River

By Alison Hart; Paul Bachem (Illustrator)

Peachtree Publishers, Hardcover, 9781561455249, 142pp.

Publication Date: March 2010

Emma, her pony, and her mother travel up the Missouri River on a steamboat to join Papa on the frontier. When she sneaks to the main deck to check on her beloved pony, she finds Patrick, a stowaway, whos bunking with her pony, and the two make a deal that evolves into friendship. When the Sally May explodes in a fiery blaze, Louisa, Mama, Patrick, wealthy cabin passengers, poor immigrants, and one plucky pony must find a way to survive the disaster.

About the Author
Alison studied theater at Tisch School of The Arts, New York University (B.F.A.), and later found her voice as a writer. Alison identifies herself as a mixed race African American, Passamaquoddy Native American, Irish, Scottish and English woman of color.

A Black Box Theater produced her play, Mother Daughter Dance, in San Francisco (1995). Her poems are published in: Voices of Identity, Rage and Deliverance (No Press at UC Berkeley, 1992) and Lincoln by Lincoln (The Cottage Press, 2004). She performed selected poems on KALX radio in Berkeley (1992).

Other works include short stories in Writing For Our Lives (Running Deer Press, 1992). Maggie Seritzer featured her story New York Compromise, on KPFA radio (1993). Alison was a featured reader at the first annual Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival in Los Angeles, (2008). Recently Alison read at the Well Red Series at Works/San Jose Art and Performance Center (2013). This is her first book of poetry and she is currently working on a novel.

Bachem has worked for many years as an award-winning freelance illustrator.